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Carlisle's Oak Tree Animals' Charity receives nearly £15,000 grant

The grant came from Postcode Local Trust Photo: Oak Tree Animals' Charity

Oak Tree Animals' Charity in Carlisle have been awarded a grant of £14,872 to further develop Blackburn Woods for the community.

The grant came from Postcode Local Trust, a charity funded by players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Blackburn Woods is part of Oak Tree Farm site this is being opened for public use.

The money will go towards making pathways, nature trails and sessions to discover animals and plants in the woods.

Views across the Eden Valley to Crosby Castle and the Pennines can be seen from Blackburn Woods.

A viewing platfrom and memory garden will be put in place for people to see the views and remember loved ones, both human and animal.

Oak Tree Animals’ Charity say they are extremely grateful to receive the grant:

As we develop the woodland further, we are looking to create a great community space for people of all ages to enjoy our native wildlife and taking part in conservation. We are establishing the ‘Friends of Blackburn Woods’, a volunteer group dedicated to supporting and helping managing this community woodland.

We would like to thank all of the volunteers who have given their time to this project so far, from path-laying, species identification, bracken clearing to drainage, this thriving woodland is testament to their dedication and hard-work.”

– Caroline Johnson, General Manager, Oak Tree Animals’ Charity

Work on Blackburn Woods has already started and will continue into the coming months.